Brooklyn Blue Feather Elementary School PEN PAL Writing Program Connects Students and Promotes Understanding


Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”

– John Dewey

Debbie McArdle is a teacher at the City Island school, PS 175, and is also the proud mother of a student who attends AHRC New York City’s Brooklyn Blue Feather Elementary School, (BBF).  Debbie wanted her students to understand autism and to develop empathy and understanding, so during a conversation with BBF’s PrincipalZoe Anne Deeds, the two came up with a great idea to promote understanding and friendships between the students of both schools.  During the school year, about 20 of BBF’s students and 30 students from PS 175 began a PEN PAL writing program.

On Tuesday, June 11th, the PS 175 students visited BBF to meet their pen pals for the first time.   “The pen pals and class trip was such a big success,” says Debbie.  “One of our parents who chaperoned the trip said it was the best trip she had ever been on!”

AHRC New York City congratulates both schools on their efforts to facilitate meaningful connections between their students, and we thank them for creating such a heartwarming and wonderful day.